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More action on IP crime 12/06/2014 A new report has been published looking at the extent of intellectual property crime and the UK's response to it.

More action on IP crime

Clothing, followed by tobacco and alcohol, are the most common counterfeited items in the UK, according to a new report published this week, detailing the extent of intellectual property (IP) crime and the UK’s response.

The report reveals that:

  • the top five counterfeit products investigated by Trading Standards are clothing, tobacco, alcohol, footwear and DVDs
  • 72 million links to infringing digital material removed by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), up from 10 million in 2012 to 2013
  • the specialist City of London IP Crime Unit is investigating nearly £30 million worth of IP crime in its first 9 months

The report was launched on the first day of the International IP Enforcement Summit, where the Government underlined its commitment to tackling IP crime.

Opening the summit, Business Secretary Vince Cable outlined the importance of IP rich industries to the UK economy and society. Better collaboration, with industry and across borders, is a key theme of the summit on how to strengthen the fight against IP crime, estimated to account for 10% of global trade.

The Business Secretary also announced the strengthening of the enforcement relationship with China. Following his recent visit to Qingdao, where Dr Cable launched the Global Digital Media and Entertainment Alliance, he set out how the UK and China are working more closely to tackle intellectual property crime.

Recent initiatives have built on UK agencies’ ability to work together with counterparts in China. The Intellectual Property Office, National Crime Agency and HMRC representatives in Beijing have helped with the training of Chinese IP enforcement officers, shared technical understanding of our respective intellectual property systems and are now exchanging intelligence. This has enabled the UK and China to work together to identify and arrest criminals operating between the two countries and to share the evidence gathered.


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